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"If we can get them here, we can sell ‘em," former city tourism head Paul Catoe told me in May. "Our biggest obstacle has been getting them here. If we can get them here, they'll say, ‘Wow, I've got to come back.' "

“People from all over the United States, and all over the world, they’re going to say, ‘Wow, Tampa’s got everything,' " Westshore Alliance boss Ron Rotella said the same day. "They’re going to go home and tell people, 'Tampa's a great place.' "

"Having this convention here will have a lasting mark for years to come," Al Austin said in July. "People from the 49 other states, coming to Florida? They’re going to say, 'I never knew it was this great, I never knew it was this exciting.' "

[Last modified: Thursday, August 23, 2012 3:10pm]


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